Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Review: Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Pages: 451
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: June 8, 2010
Source: Personal copy
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.   But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.   Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).  But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.  The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.  And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.  Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . If she even has one."

At first glance, Meena Harper seems to be normal girl working for a T.V. show in New York City, but she has a special ability. She is able to tell how a person will die and because of this, most of her close relationships don't work out.  Just when Meena feels like she'll never meet someone, thanks to Meena's upscale neighbor, she gets invited to a fancy dinner party and meets a real life prince, Lucien, who is the very definition of charming.  However, Lucien has a dark secret and one that Meena doesn't see coming at all.  Meena can't deny her strong feelings for Lucien and she becomes entangled in a series of events that will change her world forever.  Insatiable by Meg Cabot is a sexy, hilarious, and dangerous rendezvous with the dark side.

Meena Harper is a great character and one that I instantly loved. She hates vampires, even though she has to write about them at work, and can't stand girls that fall all over guys.  Unfortunately, she finds herself turning into jello at the sight of Lucien and starts to become "that girl" she hates, but it didn't bother me too much, because Meena is super feisty and at least tries to kick some butt.  Her love interest, Lucien, is swoon-worthy to the max. I think Cabot looked up everything I like in a fictional crush and created Lucien. Seriously. He's tall, dark, in great shape, has impeccable manners, is an extremely smart professor (ahhh!), has written books in his field, and wears glasses from time to time.  It's like Indiana Jones, meets Mr. Darcy, meets Eric Northman.  Cabot's combination is brilliant!

Of course there is a bit of a love triangle with a certain vampire hunter named Alaric. He's is equally captivating and at times, because of Cabot's enthralling writing, I was torn between Team Lucien and Team Alaric, which usually doesn't happen with me.  He's definitely an exciting character and even though love triangles sometimes frustrate me, I was diggin' this one.

Yes, parts of Insatiable's plot are very cliche and Twilight-ish, but it didn't bother me one bit, which is surprising. There was insta-love, love triangles, protective vampires, etc, but because Cabot is such a fantastic writer, it never deterred me from the story.  Insatiable is my first book that I've read by Cabot and I'm obviously smitten.  I didn't expect her to be so stinkin' funny. She had me laughing out loud at some parts and I felt her dialogue was some of the most authentic dialogue I've ever read!  I also loved her pop cultural references to vampires and even Sookie Stackhouse!

I thought I was over vampires, but Cabot reeled me in with Insatiable.  I can't wait to read the second book in the series called Overbite, as well as Cabot's other novels. There's no denying it; I'm definitely a fangirl.

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  1. YAY!!!! This was my first Cabot book too and I was smitten as well. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did, but I just loved it:) Definitely looking forward to reading Overbite!

  2. I've heard lots of good things about this one! Glad you loved it! I don't mind close to Twilight-ish either! :)

  3. I'm (like you) and sorta over vamps too but you have me reconsidering. Great review.

  4. I enjoyed this one as well, but i listened to it on audio. Fab review!

  5. Great review! I've really been wanting to read this one, but it's always out at the library!! I must get it soon though. :)

  6. I didn't really care for Lucien. He struck me as a little phony. I also didn't like him towards the end of the novel. Lovely review, though!

  7. Now I am totally wishing that I bought this at the airport. I am cursing myself. I knew I would love it. So far I've loved the two Meg Cabot books I've read. Brilliant review.

  8. Jenny- I am definitely a fan of Cabot now. Thanks for checking out my review!

    Leanna- I hope you get to read it soon!

    Juju- Thank you!

    Alexis- It must have been pretty good as an audio book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Christy- Thank you! I hope you get to read it soon.

    Liz- I'm sorry you didn't like him. I always love the literary bad boys.

    Becky- Thank you! :)

  9. I liked this book even though I wasn't a huge fan of Lucien. I am definitely "Team Alaric". I just recently read Overbite and I'm slowly working on my review. Nice review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I have also read Ransom My Heart and Every Boy's Got One which I thought were funny and fun romances. I wasn't a fan of The Princess Diaries. I guess I prefer Cabot's fiction for adults.


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